The Creative Change Coalition is a national coalition of place-based organizations that center people, creativity, and equity working together to create a stronger ecosystem for communities and artists.
Launched in the fall of 2023, the Creative Change Coalition is informed by and builds on Springboard’s existing national resources and experience working with other organizations across the country on locally-rooted emergency relief efforts during the pandemic. In response to the need and opportunity for a stronger network to connect local efforts to work together towards system change, the Coalition aims to provide greater visibility for place-based, people-powered, and creativity-centered work and to build solidarity towards shared research, advocacy and policy change.
The Creative Change Coalition will evolve and be informed and built by the people and organizations that engage with it. Learn more below about where we are starting from, or visit the JOIN US page for ways to be involved.
To foster this connection, we ask Coalition members and participants to engage in Coalition activities with:
A Spirit of Collaboration: We seek and act from a place of mutual respect, trust, commitment, and reciprocity with all our partners. We share what we have, what we’ve learned, and our goal is to create welcoming and generous environments, both in person and virtual.
An Asset-based Lens: We have everything we need. We approach challenges as opportunities, and believe change is possible, and that change is possible from within.
More About the Coalition:
WHAT WE DO
Together, this coalition of local organizations seeks to:
• Increase visibility and expand momentum for “the field” – making place-based, creativity-centered work more visible, understood, supported and valued.
• Create solidarity and connection amongst peer organizations working towards shared goals.
• Consolidate existing information on practices and models to make them more accessible.
• Address gaps in information and make solutions accessible.
• Generate research to inform and advocate for local and national system change and policy priorities.
• Create new and deepen existing connections to other sectors, movements, and thinking to inform and inspire our work.
The Creative Change Coalition is a national coalition of place-based organizations who center people, creativity, and equity working together to create a stronger ecosystem for communities and artists.
What does this mean? Very broadly, we bring the following perspectives to this work:
Local context and ecosystems are best positioned to know what their communities need and to be able to deliver it in a relevant and accessible way. We value and prioritize locally grown systems and solutions.
Many communities do not currently have robust or sustainable ecosystems of support for artists, creative workers, and culture bearers. We have a responsibility to share the resources we have and support the growth of these local ecosystems.
Artists, creative workers, and culture bearers:
Our definition of artist, creative workers, and culture bearers is broad: from people who weave stories and craft meaning, to those who perform and create art in public places, local artists represent different cultures, experiences, and demographics. They can engage residents, organizations, and businesses in joyful, inclusive, and strategic solutions to local issues and opportunities.
With this broad definition, this means that artists exist in every place and community, and are a powerful resource.
The initial design for the Coalition has been developed with input and feedback from the following field leaders:
Joseph Allen, Gizhiigin Arts Incubator
Mary Bordeaux, Racing Magpie
Sage Crump, National Performance Network
Deborah Cullinan, Stanford University
Jack Forinash, Blue Sky Center
Alexis Frasz, Helicon
Aviva Kapust, The Culture & Community Power Fund
Jeremy Liu, Creative Development Partners
Esther Robinson, ArtBuilt
Omari Rush, CultureSource
Jamie (Schumacher) Kalakaru-Mava, Local Initiatives Support Corporation- Twin Cities
Erik Takeshita, The Culture & Community Power Fund
Margy Waller, Art on the Streets
We are also grateful to the organizations that hosted field conversations:
Arts for LA- Los Angeles County, California
Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology- Bellaire, MI
Fresh Arts- Houston, TX
Harvester Arts- Wichita, KS
Office for Public Art- Pittsburgh, PA
Pike School of Art- McComb, MS
Racing Magpie- Rapid City, SD
Sidewalk Detroit- Detroit, MI